Subject: West Side Update - September 28

Redeemer West Side
September 28, 2015

Bren and Austin Hall
Beta Group Leaders

Bren and Austin Hall have lived in New York City for 5 years and moved to the "Upper Best Side” after getting married. They met at Redeemer—in room 405 to be exact—in August 2012, and Bren tirelessly pursued Austin and convinced her to marry him in June 2014.

Bren works at a private equity fund, and Austin is currently transitioning from an advertising role at the NBA to an education-focus non-profit. They have both been involved in the Redeemer community and have served with HFNY since first attending Redeemer four years ago: Austin is part of a women’s community group and the HFNY Young Supporters Committee, and Bren participates in West Side Men on Tuesday mornings.

This fall, Bren and Austin will be leading a Beta Group for couples. "When first attending Redeemer, we experienced the generosity and hospitality of the people of Redeemer as they welcomed us and made us feel a part of the church body,” they say. "It has been our desire to give others this same love shown to us, modeled after the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ."

"We are excited to continue building community through the Beta Group we are hosting in which we can grow in our walks together and develop an intimate, vulnerable environment where we support, encourage and challenge one another in our faiths."

Bren and Austin try to make the most of Central Park: runs, tennis, Sheep's Meadow and the Conservatory Garden. "We enjoy tandem bike rides along Riverside Park and exploring Lincoln Center," which is where Bren proposed to Austin. Bren and Austin’s favorite WS spots are Parm, Santa Fe, and Cotta.

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As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
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This past Saturday I had the opportunity to spend a few hours strolling through a large apple orchard in upstate New York. It was one of those crisp sunny days that reminded me of the unique beauty of autumn—with the greens, oranges, reds and yellows set starkly against a bright blue sky—the kind of beauty that can bring healing and rest to both body and soul. A kind of beauty described in an essay written by Joan Didion in her book “The White Album” about the artist Georgia O’Keefe.

In that essay Didion describes how her then 7-year-old daughter ran towards a painting by O’Keefe and whispered, “Who drew it? I need to talk to her.” It was a question that expresses what Didion called an underlying assumption “that the glory she saw in the work reflected a glory in its maker”—a “primal” response to not just greatness of the art, but the glory of the artist who created it. Her description is a beautiful picture of what the ancient biblical poet captured in the words "the heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1). And it’s a reminder to go beyond admiring the beauty we see in the world around us to find new ways to pursue the artist and regularly ask the question: “Who made this? I need to talk to Him?”

Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? – Exodus 15:11

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Join a Beta Group! This week, 34 Beta Groups will begin meeting for 7 weeks for bible study, worship, fellowship and prayer. If you are not yet involved in community life or would like to join a group, there is still room. To find a group near you, visit

Are you or someone you know exploring Christianity? The West Side Café—which returns on Tuesday, October 6—is an open space for seekers, skeptics and those considering Christianity to engage with and process the Christian faith. Each week involves a short presentation and a discussion addressing topics of interest and claims of the Christian faith. Recommend or bring a friend to the West Side Café on Oct. 6 or find more info at


The Open Door // Co-teach English to Immigrant Community in UWS
Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Volunteers will co-teach English classes at W83 Ministry Center from basic to advanced level for immigrant students working in Manhattan. Learn more here

Operation Exodus // Co-lead Saturday Kids Program for K-8th Grade
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Volunteers will co-lead groups of kids from Latino community in Washington Heights at Saturday mentoring program, including tutoring, games, and Bible study. Learn more here.

St. Paul's House // Serve Breakfast to Homeless Guests
Mondays from 7 to 9 a.m.
Volunteers will prepare and serve breakfast to guests in Midtown West. Great opportunity to serve before going to work! RSVP here.

To see more opportunities to serve with HFNY on the Westside, click here


Intro to Redeemer (Membership Step 1)
Thursday, October 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at W83 Ministry Center
For those wanting to become members of Redeemer or interested in finding out more about the vision and ministries of Redeemer, join us for our next Intro to Redeemer session. This is the first step in the membership process, though you don't need to be pursuing membership to attend. Register here.

CFW's Faith & Entrepreneurship Course
Wednesdays, October 14 - November 18
This 6-week course will serve individuals in the NYC faith community that are at the ideation to early stage of a business or non-profit through a dynamic learning exploration of startup fundamentals from a practical and theological perspective. Register here.


"Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious." -Psalm 66:1-2

West Side Monthly Prayer & Praise Evening
Saturday, October 10 from 5 - 6:15 p.m., Rm. 406
This year, we will be gathering on the second Saturday of each month to pray for our church and the city as we walk through each of our nine values. Come and be renewed as we pray for God's people and his city together. In October, we will be reflecting on and praying for Gospel Centrality. For more information, visit

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